Perception for Transportation Service Robots

Transportation hubs, both large and small, serve as critical points in the travel chain. Due to their role as multi-modal nexus points, mobility breakdowns at hubs can impact large numbers of people across a wide range of disabilities. Hub-based service robots have the potential to assist people with and without disabilities through these complex and confusing facilities. This vision of the future is the focus of the Disability Rehabilitation Research Project on Robotics and Automation for Inclusive Transportation, which is part of the Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI). A key building block to support transportation hub assistance robots is the ability to perceive human torso orientation. This allows projections of where a person is walking, where they intend to move, and the regions of space they are attending to. The team has made initial progress on using low-cost stereo camera sensing to rapidly extract the torso plane of humans in 3D space. The research team seeks to refine this capability to support use in future robots and deployments. Parts of this effort will include collection and preparation of such data for development and evaluation of service robot perception.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $29847
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Mobility 21 National UTC for Mobility of Goods and People

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Program
  • Managing Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Mobility 21 National UTC for Mobility of Goods and People
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • Principal Investigators:

    Steinfeld, Aaron

  • Start Date: 20180801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20191231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20191231
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677521
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility (Mobility21)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747111
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2018 12:05PM